Thanks for visiting my website.  It has lists of (and some links to) my publications and presentations, resources for teaching Spanish to heritage speakers, and information about the Language in Context Resource Group that I co-direct at in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies in the School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics at the University of Illinios at Chicago.  

Conversaciones escritas

Conversaciones escritas offers a fresh approach to writing for both second language learners and heritage speakers. An engaging text, organized into thematic chapters dealing with current events, this book will simultaneously promote reading skills while showing examples of good writing.

Textbook: Heritage language teaching

Heritage Language Teaching: Research and Practicepresents a summary of research in heritage language development and an exploration of classroom practices that best meet the needs of heritage learners in the United States based on that research. There is particular emphasis on Spanish as a heritage language due to the large amount of research generated in that language, but general principles as well as specific details relevant to other languages are also featured.

The book's purposes include:

Talk at Northern IL University, Oct. 1, 2014

I was kindly invited by Dr. Karen Lichtman in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Northern Illinois University to give a talk on Oct. 1, 2014. The topic was "No child left monolingual."

Institute for the Humanities lecture

I delivered this lecture on Tuesday April 8, 2014, at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Institute for the Humanities. 


La enseñanza de la lengua española en los Estados Unidos

The Instituto Cervantes has created a marvellous website where they've uploaded numerous video conferences about various issues related to the teaching of Spanish.  My discussion with Dr. Ofelia García about teaching Spanish in the U.S. is available at the link below.



Charla con papás, Mes de Herencia Hispana, Evanston IL

Esta charla se trata de la importancia de promover el uso y la lectura la lengua española en la casa y en la escuela.

Multilingual Chicago

We live in a time when many U.S. residents harbor "English only" sentiments -- that is, to be considered a good citizen you have to speak English and also stop speaking anything else. Multilingual Chicago is a grassroots organization I belong to that seeks to counter such linguistic hegemony by promoting linguistic diversity in our city, both that brought by immigrants and their descendants as well as by English speakers studying other languages. In 2007, Mayor Daley signed a resolution brought forth by the efforts of this group.


Institute for the Humanities fellowship

I am very pleased to have received an Institute for the Humanities fellowship during the 2013-2014 school year.  Here is a short article about me and the other fellows.


UIC Oaxaca study abroad for heritage speakers

This program is for UIC students who grew up speaking Spanish in the home.  It is for 4 weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico, over the summer.  It is led by UIC professor Kim Potowski.

All students take two (2) courses:

One (1) Spanish course: One (1) culture course

SPAN 114
SPAN 202
SPAN 204
SPAN 399

SPAN 360


One of the Spanish courses is taught by Professor Potowski.  The rest are taught by faculty at the Instituto Cultural de Oaxaca.  We also collaborate on an academic project with a group of college students studying to become English teachers at the local university.

We take field trips every Saturday to local sites of archeological and cultural interest, including Monte Albán, Hierve el Agua, and a visit to rug-making families in Teotitlán del Valle through an organization that provides microfinanced loans to community women.  We also relax at the beautiful beach at Puerto Escondido at the end of the program.  

Check out this excellent video made by the 2013 group!

Here is the UIC Oaxaca Study Abroad page.  You can also "Like" our Facebook page.

2015 dates: June 7 - July 9, 2015.